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Vacation Château Lascoups

Château Lascoups

Château Lascoups is located in open countryside midway between Bergerac (19 km) and Périgueux (73 km).

The château offers its guests 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. In the château grounds, a private, infinity pool (33m x 15m) and lawned gardens.

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Without Compromise!

Quintessential French dream

With so many beautiful properties to choose from - grand maisons, châteaux, fermieres, mas, granges or converted pigeonnieres, and in so many beautiful locations.

Hilltop villages, gladed hamlets, fortified towns or rural idylls - surely it would be easy to find that quintessential French dream, right? Wrong!

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A holiday property with history in Thézan-lès-Béziers

Holiday property in Thézan-lès-Béziers

This magnificent orange tree welcomes you to our 200 hundred year old maison de maître on the edge of Thézan-lès-Béziers, an expanding village in Languedoc 15 minutes from the beaches and much to do.

It was completed renovated 5 / 10 years ago and is full of character. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and nursery together with huge playroom full of fantastical creatures.

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Stairways to French holiday heaven

Stone staircase in holiday rental manor house in Languedoc-Roussillon

Stunning staircases in your dream holiday home. We are proud to offer a unique and interesting selection of vacation rental properties with wonderful architecture and interior design. See our selection of stunning staircases.

At Pure France, we aim to offer properties which are extra special with individual style and charm. You will find a range of fabulous architecture and interior design in our portfolio of self-catering properties.

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A house at the foot of the water

View of the Port from Maison Geronimo

The Port-Grimaud, often called La Venise Provençale is located in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez in the Var. This port attracts every year many holidaymakers, with its houses in Provencal style with Mediterranean influences, the houses all have mooring rings.

Mediterranean Sea, sun, boats and colourful Provençal style houses mingle with this unique decor.

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Two delightful holiday gîtes in the Loire Valley

Shared pool

In the Loire Valley, in the midst of the many high quality vineyards of the Anjou, Saumur and Touraine appellations, is Pavillon du Jardin and La Maison de la Plaine.

Here, in one of our delightful gîtes, you can loose track of time and unwind after the bustle of everyday life.

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Mas de Buou in the southern Luberon

Mas de Buou in the southern Luberon

Mas de Buou is located in the village of Puyvert, in the southern Luberon, Lourmarin is 2 km away. Lauris and Cadenet are also very close by.

It is approximately three quarters of an hour only to Marseille and its airport, from Aix-en-Provence or Avignon and their TGV train stations or even from the sea and a sailing boat…

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Experience 'la vie de château' in a large family friendly, house

Domaine Massot

Discover Languedoc wine making region. The house has been in our family since 1816. After we took it over in 2012, our project was to make it our perfect holiday retreat. We wanted to find the ideal combination between the charm of an old château-like house and modern comfort.

We wanted a hassle-free house, where the kitchen, drawing room, pool and outdoor dining area are all on the same level. We also took great care of the 2 hectares of private grounds.

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La Bastide Haute Colline in a hilly countryside, surrounded by woods and agriculture

La Bastide Haute Colline

Current owners rebuild the ruins of this lovely 'ferme fortifie' in the original style using old materials. Antique fireplaces, floor tiles and wooden beams, combined with modern technology in kitchen, linen room and bathrooms.

The oldest part the builders found is a wall in the wine cellar from the 13th century.

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Holiday paradise in the village of Faugères

Villa Ariana

Of course we love our little, though not so very little, paradise in the village of Faugères, for many, a hidden treasure, full of pristine medieval architecture.

You can start your day with a fresh croissant from our newly opened bakery, have a coffee on one of our many terraces, and plan the rest of the day. We will gladly help you with that.

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The idyllic Le Presbytère bids you a very warm welcome

The idyllic Le Presbytère bids you a very warm welcome

Built in manoir-style of the Perigord region, this gracious home offers everything you need for a perfect French vacation and is rich with local history. It was built along an ancient Roman road and once belonged to the diocese of Monflanquin and in the past the canon used to live here.

The property dates back to the 17th century and the original grounds included both neighboring properties. Today, Le Presbytère sits on two hectares of landscaped grounds that include a romantic courtyard, an outdoor entertaining area, a pool with large pool house, and a well-established grove of fruit trees.

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How we fell in love with Mas Saint-Cernin

Mas Saint-Cernin

For years we had dreamed of giving up our hectic lives in the UK and running gîtes in France. Holidays were spent in various areas of France trying to decide where it would be best to start our new life.

In 2010 we found what could be our ideal new home and gîtes near Castres in the Languedoc region in South-West France. To make sure we booked a weeks holiday to enable us to get to know the gîtes and the area. By the end of our holiday we had decided, this is our ‘ideal’ location for our new life and we went back home to sell our house and prepare for our new adventure in France. The housing market in the UK 2010 wasn't great but in 2012 we had sold our house and were in a position to buy in France. We spoke to the vendors, arranged a date to meet their notaire to start the buying process and booked our flights; and were ready to go!

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History of this Belle Époque mansion

Le Manoir Vézère

La Belle Époque was an era describing the last decades of the 19th Century, prior to the First World War - a simpler time of prosperity, optimism, elegance and progress.

The Arts flourished. Literature, music, theatre and visual arts gained recognition. It was a time of joie de vivre that witnessed a rapid rise in the power and wealth of the bourgeoisie. Parisian café society and private Salons flourished where wealthy patrons opened their homes to influential artists, politicians, diplomats and members of the aristocracy as well as the rising bourgeoisie.

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The Manoir Experience - The Sunday Times

Manoir Coteaux in Les Verchers-sur-Layon, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire

It is quite a while since I last had a foreign holiday, five years to be exact. Not that it has been a case of not wanting to, more an adopted state of inertia focused by a need to live within my means.

Since giving up work, I have been living a modest, but pretty busy, life here in Norwich, volunteering at the local Arts Centre and writing music and theatre reviews for our local listing magazine.

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Château Picol, love at first sight, full of charm, beauty and history

Château Picol

Laurence and Marian originally from Ireland, have 3 children and moved to France in 2013 for a change of lifestyle.

We looked at properties in various regions of France to set up our new venture and eventually across this gem, a château in the Vienne Loire region. It was love at first sight, full of charm, beauty and history (given to believe it was built by Queen Victoria for her Parisian dress designer in 1882).

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Château Garonne, is a residence set apart from others, peaceful and quiet

Château Garonne

The elegant château is nestled on the banks of the River Garonne and enjoys calm and peaceful surroundings. Close to the pink city of Toulouse, rich in architecture, it's a dynamic and friendly city.

At Château Garonne, good taste is the key word. As soon as you cross the threshold of this 500 year old historical monument, you escape from the humdrum of everyday life.

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Welcome, a gardener's delight

Le Manoir de Fouilloux with private pool

Le Manoir de Fouilloux lies in soft rolling countryside in the North Easterly corner of the Dordogne, close to the small town of Saint-Aulaye; in the beautiful Dronne Valley.

She sits within a 40 minute drive to the world famous vineyards of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.

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Welcome to the Moulin de Souquet

Moulin de Souquet

The Moulin de Souquet is an original mill close to the small rivier called La Barguelonne, dates back to the 18th century and fully refurbished in 2016.

This sunny house is 4km from the centre of Castelnau-Montratier, historical village famous for his small streets and the Sunday Market on the beautiful market place.

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Mas Barielle is ideally set right in the heart of Vincent van Gogh's Provence

Mas Barielle

Serenely nestled and uniquely situated between Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Avignon, the walled city of the Popes, lays this unique and enchanting domain.

The history of this authentic Provençal Mas dates back to the late 18th century when it was a welcome resting place for travellers. Today the fully walled domain is nestled in the middle of fruit vineyards and has a 5,000 m² magnificent park with palm trees, 100+ year old olive and sycamore trees, oleander and lavender filled walkways.

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16th century restored country home in Lot-et-Garonne

Les Chapoux with private pool

This half timbered house, dating from the 16th century, appears on the French Cassini map, the first general map of the Kingdom of France. After the décimation of the population during the 100 years war between the French and English in the 16th century, migration from the West of France and the Haute Auvergne / Quercy was encouraged, bringing this unique style of house building to the Agen region.

A mysterious priest hole and a long since disappeared cellar...

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Sunbathing in the South of France!

Sunbathing in the south of France

Languedoc-Roussillon is a region located in the South of France - Rich in diversity, it attracts every year many holidaymakers for its Mediterranean climate, typical landscapes, historical villages and French culture. Without forgetting, its Languedoc gastronomy with its dishes and wines that are essential in the region.

The sunny days are fast approaching, it is time to enjoy the sun of the South of France… Do not wait to book you holiday home with a pool chosen from our large portfolio: Villas, country houses, or cottages.

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Spacious Provençal holiday villa in idyllic countryside setting

La Maison Bernadine in Haut-Vars, Provence

La Maison Bernadine is a detached family home situated in its own enclosed garden and grounds, on a small country lane surrounded by beautiful countryside, and sitting a short distance below the picturesque medieval hill top village of Tourtour.

The villa is a traditional contemporary style house, with spacious and welcoming accommodation - ideal for family holidays.

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An elegant villa, located on the edge of the picturesque village of Montauroux

Villa des Adrechs in Montauroux

The villa has an incredible panoramic view of the Esterel hills and the valley. 20 minutes walk from the centre of the village which has all amenities: grocery store, bakeries and restaurants (gastronomic, traditional). 5 minutes drive to the large supermarkets, local produce outlets and other restaurants.

30 minutes inland from the Mediterranean coast of Cannes and Grasse. 45 minutes from Nice Airport via the A8 autoroute.

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A rental in the Périgord Noir that has it all

The Garden Cottage in the Périgord Noir

It's not just the rental, although it is a gorgeous, restored cottage in the Périgord Noir set within the peaceful grounds of a small 17th century manor house that was formerly the courthouse for a nearby château.

Both cottage and manor are constructed in the local golden limestone with traditional stoned-tiled 'lauze' roofs and stone window surrounds, typical of the old local architecture. It is set in spacious, leafy grounds with areas for outdoor dining, a very large, private swimming pool and lovely views of the surrounding tree-lined hillside.

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A 200 year-old Provencal Bastide

Private pool in 15-acre mountain vale in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Nestled in a private 15-acre mountain vale just outside one of the most 'beautiful villages in France'. It includes a private pool, kid-friendly bedrooms and a setting to fall in love with.

Bordered on one side by a gentle mountain stream, with small cascades and rock-pools, and on the other by gradually sloping rock terraces covered in aromatic herbs and olive trees, this rare property has been stylishly renovated and is exceptional both inside and out. This house is uniquely situated to discover incredible landscapes and enjoy hikes, bike trails, sailing, paddle, canoe, rafting and canyoning, as well as the culinary delights of the region, for a holiday that you will always remember. Relax in the sun with a good book by the pool, enjoy numerous outdoor activities and end your day dining at Alain Ducasse's Michelin-starred 'la Bastide de Moustiers' or in any of the many lovely restaurants in Moustiers.

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All year access to the Côte d'Azur

Villa Le Trayas with private pool and Mediterranean Sea view

Always associated with summer holidays, think Côte d’Azur and you imagine (or remember!) long lazy days on the lounger by the pool or on the beach. Strolling on La Croisette before treating yourself to a stunning little something from rue d’Antibes, or enjoying a beautifully chilled rosé over a sumptuous lunch in one of the medieval hillside villages.

But did you know you can enjoy all this and more throughout the year?

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When in France, holiday like the Romans!

La Maison Isle de Vignes with private pool

The Languedoc region in the South of France is renowned not only for its Cathar castles, but also for its Roman history and antiquities left behind from an occupation stretching over 500 years.

Today's visitor can still enjoy the sights of magnificent amphitheatres in Nîmes and Arles, the Pont-du-Gard aqueduct and remnants of the Via Domita, a Roman super highway connecting Rome right through to Spain.

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Maison Baleyssagues is beginning to feel like home

Maison Baleyssagues

Maison Baleyssagues is nestled right in the heart of beautiful Bordeaux region countryside in the small hamlet of Baleyssagues midway between Saint-Émilion and Bergerac.

The unique ‘Y’ shaped villa was built by a renowned Dutch jazz pianist and has recently been bought by an English couple who are keen to continue its artistic legacy. The property is filled with original art and antiques and with three bedrooms is the perfect size for couples or friends to enjoy some peace and quiet, or a family holiday in the sun.

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Immerse yourself in rural Provence

Immerse yourself in rural Provence

Having travelled all over the World for work, there was something about Provence and the South of France which remained with the owner of Villa Coste Rousse. Since visiting the area several times on holiday as a child and which inspired her and her family to buy a second home in the unspoiled village of Callas deep in rural Provence.

Callas with its narrow, cobbled streets, fountains (16 in total!) and charming shady square is perched high above the Gorges du Pennafort and the vineyards of Provence. Despite remaining almost unchanged for centuries, the village has a small grocery, an amazing boulangerie, a traditional tabac and four excellent restaurants. There's also a market every Saturday. All of which are within walking distance of Villa Coste Rousse. What better way to start the day than absorbing the wonderful views from the balcony, whilst tucking into freshly baked croissants?

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The artist, Achille Laugé 1861-1944


After we had owned La Fontaine in Cailhavel for a few years, we discovered that a significant French Neo-Impressionist* artist once lived nearby. In a house called l'Alouette which is five minutes down the road D221 out of Cailhavel towards the main road D623 to Limoux. The house is still family owned.

Paysage de la Gardie

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